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Liberia YMCA Holds Community Forum

The Liberia YMCA in partnership with IREX recently held a community leaders’ forum in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

The forum provided a platform for community leaders to hold a participatory discussion and shared experiences gained in the current period of the ebola crisis.

Participants also shared their fears about the ebola virus and its spread, while also discussing measures to lessen the risks of civil unrest through collaboration of ideas for community leaders and community direct intervention.

The forum was also intended to engage communities and make them more proactive in their response to preventing the spread of ebola, to engage communities to discuss the risks of civil unrest and potential strategies to ensure that citizens’ opinions are heard without resorting to violence.

The Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program is funded by USAID through IREX. The principal goal of the civil society and media leadership program is to sustain peace in Liberia through greater inclusion, giving voice to informing and engaging Liberian citizens.

The program further seeks to provide institutional strengthening and training for civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and the media in seven counties in Liberia, thereby strengthening civil society organizations and the independent media to engage the Liberian population and contribute to rapid, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable development in post war Liberia.

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Liberia YMCA Launches Ebola Program Response to Slum Community in Monrovia

YMCA Liberia on Tuesday October 12, 2014 launched an emergency response project in West Point, Central Monrovia, titled: “Saving Lives and Restoring Livelihood in West point.”

The main goal of the intervention is to prevent the further spread of Ebola and address the impact of the outbreak in the West Point community.

Some participants at the launch of the projectIt is also intended to influence communities to respond properly by taking positive actions that will prevent the further spread of the disease.

In attendance were a representative from the Ministry of Health, the Commissioner of West Point Youth groups and other stakeholders in the fight against Ebola and other developmental activities in West Point.

Liberia YMCA National General Secretary. Edward GboeGiving an overview of the project, Liberia YMCA National General Secretary, E. Edward Gboe said the YMCA has been active in West Point under a slum upgrade project which support the construction of latrines and hand pumps and the establishment of saving clubs for livelihoods improvement opportunities of youth and female heads of households.

“This community is underserved as there are lots of conditions that need improvement, government is under obligation to provide safety, security and welfare and the YMCA like any other civil society organizations agreed to work with government so that services to young people and other residents can be improved to save lives and restore livelihoods in the midst of harsh realities of this health crisis.” He said.

Under the Intervention the YMCA will conduct training of peer educators to support outreach activities and set up emergency communication centers to provide relevant information required to promote awareness on the prevention and spread of Ebola.

He also said that a food for work scheme will be carried out, while also providing livelihood support and through the provision of food aid to selected vulnerable people and small business recovery through support to 175 women and young people affected by the Ebola outbreak- to enable them restart income generation activities.

“There will also be the holding of Town Hall meetings to engage the community on conflict issues as a result of Ebola, and community engagements on issues related to referral and peace and security

The Liberia YMCA will also coordinate with the Ministry of Health and other health sector organizations, for training of health workers on surveillance and reporting, Mr. Gboe said.

Jonathan MasonLaunching the project, The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia YMCA, Mr. Jonathan A. Mason declared the project officially launched. “The Liberia YMCA is not in this township to tell West Pointers what to be done, but rather to work with you in ensuring that ebola is defeated in West Point.” Mr. Mason challenged the people of West Point to seize the opportunity and work with the YMCA in kicking ebola out of their community.

The Commissioner of the Township of West Point, Mrs. Miatta Flowers lauded the Liberia YMCA for being very active in West Point, noting -“The YMCA has a good relationship with local authorities in this township and we praise them for their continuous and impactful work and we also appreciate Comic Relief and Y-Care International for this great support. ”

A representative from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Ministry, Mr. David B, Saizay said residents of West Point need help and thanked the YMCA and partners for the initiative. “One thing about community initiative is when you start, you must continue,” the Assistant Director for Training at the Ministry of Health told the Liberia YMCA.

Mr. Burgess H. Houston, who proxied for District number 7 Representative, Hon. Solomon George called residents of the township and partners not to be relaxed adding, “One person can cause the infection of a large number of people” The District number 7 Coordinator also asked the Liberia YMCA to take similar initiative to other districts.

Also making remarks were representatives from the Slum Development Association of Liberia, (SLUMDAL), Youth groups and other community based organizations.

The program will be implemented over a six (6) month period from October 10, 2014 to March 31, 2015 in West Point only. During this period, 6,064 direct beneficiaries reached. The program is funded by Comic relief through Y-Care International and will be implemented by the Liberia YMCA.

Story: Emmanuel S.King, Jr.

Communication Officer

Liberia YMCA

 

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Monrovia YMCA Donates to Dolo Town Residents

The Monrovia YMCA on September 12, 2014 donated a consignment of water and buckets for hand washing to residents of Dolo Town in Margibi County.

The consignment which include 100 sacks of mineral water and three large hand wash buckets were given to residents on behalf of the Monrovia YMCA by the Chairman of the Board of the Monrovia YMCA, Mr Gabriel Briama.

Making the presentation, Mr. Briama said the Monrovia YMCA was happy to identify with affected residents of Dolo Town.

“The Monrovia YMCA shares your plight and is deeply concerned about your well-being. As a result, the Monrovia YMCA felt compelled to do something despite its limited resources.”

Receiving the items the Township Administrator, Fred O. Johnson said the affected residents of Dolo Town were appreciative adding “ this could not have come any better time than now as the township was desperately in need of food, water and medication.”

He assured the YMCA that affected residents of the community will benefit from the supplies and the YMCA had no need to worry.

 

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